When Robin of Loxley transformed into Robert of Huntingdon in the third series of Robin of Sherwood, many viewers were understandably confused. Michael Praed left the series for reasons that never really became apparent while Jason Connery clearly wasn't a replacement chosen for similar looks or performance. Across the 13 episodes of the third series, Connery's choice became slowly apparent. The magical stories frequently dipped into darker territory as much as they aimed for uplifting humour. The new Hood was at ease with both, while reuniting the merry band and ultimately wooing the fair Marion all over again. Connery turned in a very confident embodiment of the character, clearly bonding well with the established team of actors. Guest stars lined up to contribute alongside him. Memorable appearances include those of Richard O'Brien, David Rappaport, Matt Frewer, Patricia Hodge, Ian Ogilvy and Lewis Collins. (It's fascinating to speculate how different things could have been if the close-second casting choice of Neil Morrissey had been pursued.) The strangest aspect of the series, however, is knowing in retrospect that everyone's confidence and merriment was for nothing. Scripts were written in readiness for the fourth series, but then the studio went bankrupt. Cliffhangers therefore remain that will confuse viewers far more than the lead's replacement. --Paul Tonks
Closing three episodes from the first series based on the legendary outlaw. In 'Seven Poor Knights from Acre', Robin (Michael Praed) has to take on the Knights Templar when their leader accuses him of stealing a sacred emblem. 'Alan A Dale' sees Robin and his men helping out a newly arrived minstrel with a broken heart, while in 'The King's Fool' Robin is invited to fight at the side of King Richard.
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Seven Poor Knights From Acre
Robin faces the wrath of the Knights Templars, seven fighting monks amongst the most feared warriors in Europe led by the fanatical Reynard De Villaret, as they believe he has stolen their sacred emblem.
Alan A Dale
A broken hearted minstrel arrives in Sherwood threatening to kill the Sheriff. His name is Alan A Dale and the object of his affections, Mildred daughter of Baron De Bracey, is being forced to marry the Sheriff. Robin decides to help the young lovers.
The Kings Fool
Robin rescues a strange knight from an ambush and earns the gratitude of the most powerful man in England King Richard, recently returned from imprisonment in Europe. He is invited to fight by the Kings side in Normandy, an invitation he eagerly accepts, but the relationship soon sours.
DVD Special features
New digital transfers
Newly enhanced Dolby surround track
Original mono track
Commentary with creator Richard Carpenter and director Ian Sharp (Episode 6)
The making of Robin of Sherwood, part 2 of a 2-part documentary
Series 1 out-takes
Richard Carpenters original treatment